I don’t understand the answers from @paperdigits, @MStraeten or @kofa. I interpret @Chris2205 question as him wondering why the same raw file looks different in NX Studio and darktable before he even “starts editing”.
@Chris2205, each raw converter interprets the image differently. If you open the file in RawTherapee, Lightroom and Capture One you will se yet three other results.
However, you will be able to edit your image in darktable to closely resemble the baseline in NX, if that is what you desire. You will have to learn some of the modules in darktable to get started. The “filmic rgb” module, the “color calibration” module and the “color balance rgb” module are all somewhat complicated but will get you a long way.
color calibration also requires that the white balance module be set to camera reference, which is done automatically using the modern setting for chromatic adaptation.
filmic requires the scene-referred workflow (which is enabled by default, but is worth a check).
Hence my question regarding settings.
I think the question regarding darktable version and operating system should be self-explanatory, and the file uploads (problematic raw file + processing settings) are pretty standard here on discuss.pixls.us.
It’s also worth mentioning that some other open-source tools may give you a look more closely matching that of the camera (and Capture NX). For example RawTherapee tries to match the camera look by using an auto-matched tone curve. See:
Respectfully, I don’t agree. My point is that a good raw converter can make your pictures look pretty much any way you want without too much hassle as long as you take the time to fine tune your “recipe”. I would recommend considering other factors should decide when you chose a raw converter, such as:
The ability create the look you envision
The time it takes to create the look you envision (if you are time constrained)
The software that interprets your edit metadata should not require you to pay a monthly fee (it might be $10 this month and $30 the next month) for the rest of your life to view your edits
Also, I would recommend anyone to stay away from their camera brands own raw converter. If you ever buy a camera from another brand (which is not that unlikely) you will have two parallel workflows and it will be much harder to create new series of images from your different cameras.
@mikae1 the points you make are very valid and I agree with you on pretty much everything, except for the point of trying to replicate the look of one converter with another. You can get close, but matching is - while theoretically possible - a futile effort. All you can learn from that exercise is that one thing simple is hard when done the other way.
darktable is an awesome example here, because you have two completely different approaches to editing RAW files inside … the legacy display referred and the modern scene referred toolchain. Even inside darktable it is nigh impossible to match those two toolchains to look the same. Mind, I am not talking about “some green is also green somehow” matching but pixel by pixel, output value by output value. The devil is in the details.
In my experience even one owns edits from one or two years back should be thrown away when revisiting images and rather start fresh with all the things one has learned in the meantime.
@Chris2205, welcome to the party.
My short answer to your original question is:
What you see is expected and it is a good thing.
Enjoy the journey.
Now I see that I pretty much agree with you too. For a baseline though, I think you can get pretty darn close with DCP profiles in RawTherapee or possibly LUTs and color calibration in darktable, but once you start pulling sliders and adjusting the curves you will of course get very different results depending on what software you’re using. Did I mention I want dual-illuminant DCP support in darktable (RawTherapee has it)? I’ll make a habit of saying that every time I can.
@Chris2205, as @grubernd says, welcome! I can recommend both darktable and the RawTherapee nightlies with the local adjustment feature.
thx for your very fast reply:
here the answers:
OS: Windows 10 Home
camera: Nikon Z6
Settings: Modern, scene referred workflow
I do not know what OpenCL is, therefore I think i do not utilize it
attached the files NZ6_1711.NEF (32.9 MB) NZ6_1711.NEF.xmp (985 Bytes)
‘original’ is the ‘unprocessed’ image. You can check in your camera’s raw development features that there are a number of ‘looks’ (e.g. landscape, portrait etc.) that can be applied. What your camera and Capture NX show is already a processed version.